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Eddie Mair | 04:41 UK time, Tuesday, 15 September 2009


Good morning.

You may have read your morning paper and listened to the radio, and have some ideas you want to hear on PM tonight.

Perhaps a question about something in the news you would like answered - or better still, direct experience of something topical. Or maybe there's an aspect to a big story you haven't heard explored that you would like to hear.

It's best to post before 10.00, so we can work ideas into our 11.00 meeting.


  • 1. At 07:35am on 15 Sep 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    Patrick Swayze passed on? Aged 57 - rest in peace.

    Making a TV series whilst so ill too? In my opinion a brave human being. More please

    A favourite actor of mine - excusing a few films, chiefly Red Dawn and - gulp - Dirty Dancing. I will get my coat............

    Road House - grown men behaving disgracefully - I ought not to like but I view it anytime I can and even saw Ghost - twice.

    England the divorce capital of the world? Heard on Today. Divorce here allegedly benefits certain applicants to the Courts?

    But I was thinking listening to the talk between the two lawyers - I saw a basket full of celebrity magazines the other day - allegedly how terrific they all are - celebs - I mean and one newspaper today describes all our - Great Britains inhabitants - worse habits.

    Allegedly couch potatoes pyjama wearing hard drinking slobs? So true! lol

    Neither picture is the whole picture though is it? I would prefer a fuller more postive image of us all because I believe it is there - all un-noticed.

    Think Mr Swayze's character in "Ghost". And I will - with fondness.

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  • 2. At 09:12am on 15 Sep 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Raise a crate to Keith Floyd who, with the flamboyance for which he became a household name, appears to have died within hours of the programme Keith on Keith, was televised. I was very saddened, watching the programme last night, to see how much he had deteriorated, and there is no doubt that his was a turbulent and destructive life, but his love of life and good food was still very much in evidence.

    I hope Eddie will spare a few moments to mark his passing.

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  • 3. At 09:19am on 15 Sep 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:


    When they say,'banks have become too big to fail',what they really mean is,banks have become too powerful to control!

    There is an implied subtle difference in my opinion in saying banks have 'been allowed' to become too big. First of all it implies 'we' (the government/banking system) were in control of how the banking (capitalist) system mushroomed like a cancer into all sorts of worldly canyons, , nooks and crannies. We weren't in control, we might have given permission but, did they realise this permission couldn't be revoked once allowed?

    Saying banks have become too big to fail also implies that something could be done about it. For instance, by regulation you could make them 'smaller' and divide up their operations into more 'manageable' parts.

    When a banks have become too powerful, the banks themselves become regulators by holding the rest of the world to ransom if any would dare to challenge the beast. Anybody think we have already reached that point?

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  • 4. At 09:32am on 15 Sep 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    Bankers and the Economy

    New report from Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) titled ‘Tomorrow’s Capitalism,’ says little has changed to prevent another financial crisis. Reported in The Telegraph.

    Meanwhile, the rumours are that Goldman Sachs are expecting the biggest bonuses ever later this year. Not surprising – its perfect conditions for them - there’s less competition now, a volatile market, no new regulations. And there’s more business – proper companies are having to financially re-structure in the aftermath. Who do they turn to?

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  • 5. At 09:33am on 15 Sep 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Big Sis (2)

    A man unafraid to exploit all the dark corners of his life to the full.
    Kieth was his own man which made him different from all the groomed presenters we now have. Notice I used the word presenters not cooks.

    A whole industry has grown up out of what Kieth would describe as bull.

    I think I agree...down the hatch Hector.

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  • 6. At 09:43am on 15 Sep 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    TUC Conference and Palestine

    I believe ‘Palestine’ is on the TUC conference agenda for today or tomorrow, which might get some coverage, given little has happened since Obama took office in January.

    The big news stories in Palestine get covered in our media. Rarely does the constant harassment and provocations they suffer on a daily basis receive much coverage.

    The Palestinian Human Rights group keep records of the events, and publish a list each week:
    PCHR Weekly Report

    It would make me retaliate if army tanks deliberately drove over the fields they'd watched me planting a few days before, particularly when they won't allow other food into Gaza, other than flour and cooking oil.

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  • 7. At 09:49am on 15 Sep 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Yes, Joe, you may be right about exploiting his life, though I suspect there were dark corners that he didn't disclose. Watching him last night as he met his daughter Poppy for the first time for many years and the tensions that were inevitably there, I got the feeling that he was a romantic who was afraid of the strength of his passion. Like the iceberg, some was revealed, but beneath the water was a huge concealed mass, which constitued the bulk that should be feared.

    I will freely admit that I genuinely liked the man. I suspect that those who knew him well did, too, and forgave him his lapses and failings - which were many and could have catastrophic consequences.

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  • 8. At 09:54am on 15 Sep 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    Blackpool Launches Biggest Cycle Scheme

    Hire a bike for £1 per hour.

    Joint initiative between Cycling England, the NHS and Blackpool Council.


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  • 9. At 10:26am on 15 Sep 2009, LionHeartedLion wrote:



    They're lying doggo at the moment, with a modest Ftse speculative bubble (cheered on by the BBC by talk of the 'psychologically important' 5000), top pay packages growing more slowly than unemployment (20 million and risng not unheard of) and.....

    .....'building up capital reserves' which means holding on to some of that High Powered money that the King is pumping into the system....

    ....which means...

    ...the King can pump more in so we don't need any government spending cuts at all (except of course on unsocial ventures like Trident and the Afghan War). He wants to. Let him.

    The banks are having a good credit crunch, but then bankers deliberately created it.

    To cause that unemployment that allows cuts for Leeds bin wo/men wages from a miserly 18 thousand to an impossible 10 thousand.

    And to squeeze the Chinese export effort (factories everywhere there closing). Just like Mandelson wanted as Euro trade commissionaire.

    And make people on benefit face +2 per cent (is that really all it is?) food price inflation whilst the economists worry about deflation!!!!

    You tell me how to control these Leviathans, please. I think public ownership. Y'all say 'No, no, no' How then? Asking them nicely?
    Threatening them? (After all Wikipedia can't see whats differnt about Ponzi and Madoff and Ftse bubble schemes. Ros Allman is wrong about government backed schemes but what she says sure does apply to her own world of private schemes).

    It's democracy versus markets, as it ever was.

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  • 10. At 10:30am on 15 Sep 2009, LionHeartedLion wrote:


    Democracy versus markets?

    The distribution of income wealth and work that they can give, really.

    More like Equality versus Inequality.

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  • 11. At 10:34am on 15 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #6. Richard_SM
    Thanks for your link. I have glanced at it and I will read it in more detail later today.
    I repeat if Israel truley wants peace they can start the peace process by stopping land theft.

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  • 12. At 11:07am on 15 Sep 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    P.m. 9,10, wake me up when you've finished droning on about how much you hate the markets.

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  • 13. At 11:10am on 15 Sep 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    Would it be possible to get the guy on who was a friend/biographer of Keith Floyd [sorry didn't catch the name..] who was incommunicado on the Today Programme ?? 'communication difficulties' - not a problem which ever really Keith Floyd.

    Or maybe one could speak to Rory Bremner who did a rather wicked, if quite appreciative, mimic of his television programme..

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  • 14. At 12:02pm on 15 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    They are now working on dimmers for LED lighting See article here. At the moment we are looking at display lighting but given time domestic uses will happen. If there is a market.

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  • 15. At 12:07pm on 15 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Something that would have been on Tomorrows World no doubt. Matchbox sized GPS tracking unit here

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  • 16. At 12:20pm on 15 Sep 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    This seems interesting if rather tragic.


    Something about the difference between the old French working model and the more 'anglo-saxon' or American approach to business ?

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  • 17. At 12:23pm on 15 Sep 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    Perhaps the designer is from Yorkshire ?


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  • 18. At 12:24pm on 15 Sep 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'd like to have Clive's take on Keith Floyd. After all, he got to know the man at very close quarters. And perhaps a photo of Clive? I've often wondered what he looked like. I believe it was Clive North and he has his own website.

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  • 19. At 12:27pm on 15 Sep 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Too late for tonight's programme, but given that BAe Systems is now shedding jobs, can you revisit sometime the reasons behind the SFO behind forced to drop the Saudi-corruption investigation into the company? I seem to remember people (from the company) complaining that continuing the investigation would put jobs at risk.

    Perhaps with a load of jobs gone anyway, the investigation could be restarted?

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  • 20. At 1:00pm on 15 Sep 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    As it's lunchtime, how about some moules with Mr. Floyd?


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  • 21. At 1:01pm on 15 Sep 2009, Richard_SM wrote:

    #9. PeoplesMandate

    Good point regarding the refuse collectors pay cuts in Leeds. They're not striking for pay rises. They're trying to keep a roof over their families' heads.

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  • 22. At 1:19pm on 15 Sep 2009, vainly_here wrote:

    Looternite: "I repeat if Israel truly wants peace they can start the peace process by stopping land theft."
    Israel would have to do a lot more than that - evacuate the entire area to satisfy the demands of those round about.
    I repeat, the "Occupied Territories" are Israeli land occupied by Israel's enemies.

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  • 23. At 1:57pm on 15 Sep 2009, alloddsox wrote:

    Too late for today but plenty of time for tomorrow's meeting. Just heard Boris Johnson worrying about controlling bonuses and keeping talent in the City. Is this the director talent in the banks who didn't see the stuff heading towards the fan? Is this the management talent that didn't tell the directors there was stuff heading towards the fan. Or,is this the talent that was sending the stuff towards the fan and are sitting comfortably with their bonuses? Just what 'talent' are we worried about keeping? I have the talent to speculate recklessly with other people's money. Perhaps you could find some of this talent that we are endeavouring to keep and see which of them are worth a few million of our money?

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  • 24. At 3:29pm on 15 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #23 alloddsox
    If you had watched BBC London and ITV London you will have heard "Bonkers" Johnson speaking up for the "poor" bankers for sometime. Although Shamron has talked about controls on the City his pal has undermined him by consistantly supporting the bankers and warning against the very controls being discussed.

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  • 25. At 09:39am on 16 Sep 2009, urismilansky wrote:

    Just in case you were going to interview the Home Secretary today, could you ask him for me how on earth he thinks he is promoting tolerance, community cohesion and integration of minorities into the anyway not-so-welcoming British fold, when the sole bit of information he is interested in concerning an individual is his or her ethnicity?

    Can he not see that with all the good intentions of a liberal-minded comfortable, egalitarian office, the only outcome of privileging ethnicity in this way is to make it a mark of otherness, separation and a central element in self-definition? Characterising people only in terms of their ethnicity only serves to strengthen generalisations and prejudice. On the ground, it will only increase mistrust, foster xenophobia, and give succour to racists.

    As a settled, law-abiding, fair-skinned, blue-eyed, legal immigrant, who has no grudge to bear against this country, I can tell you that one of the most alienating things about it is the constant reiteration of the ethnicity question, which only reminds anyone who is not part of the majority that they are different, and however hard they try, will always stay so.

    Nice classic example of shooting oneself in the foot.

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